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Old 08-20-2016, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default White perch called white bass.

Misnaming white perch as white bass is getting annoying to say the least. How many of you can the tell the difference without question? I have no problem identifying which is which but I can't count how many times I hear fisherman on the radio saying they are catching white bass when they are fishing right near me and I'm catching just white perch. A guy at my marina said if you aren't sure turn the fish over and look at the underside of the bottom lip. White perch will have a blue tint and white bass won't. I have caught so many white bass in my life that I can tell which it is before I ever see it just by the way they fight.

Has anyone tried eating white perch? One of my fishing buddies kept a couple and cooked them up. He said they aren't nearly as good at yellow perch but they are pretty good.
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I dunno Russ, to me, it's pretty damn obvious. White bass have distinct stripes, where as white perch do not. Pretty much a no brainer.

I don't eat trash fish.
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Marilyn picked up some white perch last week thinking it'd be good for fish tacos and not knowing any better. Grilled them up and she tried a little but was pretty turned off. I still made a few tacos, but loaded them with everything. Dog ate good too. She made up for it later and made some awesome flounder with crab stuffing. Left overs made an awesome taco.
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It seems to me that they are pretty easy to tell the difference.
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One has to be careful in restaurants up in the Western Lake Erie area...They will have a Perch Sandwich on the menu, but it is White Perch, not Yellow. A totally different beast. White Perch are caught commercially in western Lake Erie and sold as Perch.
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One has to be careful in restaurants up in the Western Lake Erie area...They will have a Perch Sandwich on the menu, but it is White Perch, not Yellow. A totally different beast. White Perch are caught commercially in western Lake Erie and sold as Perch.
Can you do us a favor an name the restaurant so we don't inadvertently eat white perch?
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There is very little difference between white and yellow perch when they are fried up. I would imagine most people would never know they weren't eating yellow perch. Most resturaunts advertise Lake Erie perch but very few distinguish whether it is white or yellow. I have on many occasions gone to fish fryes and been served white and yellow and I can't tell the difference. The only way I could tell is by the size of the fillet (white bigger) and if I removed the breading to see the skin color. I would imagine most of you people that get the Lake Erie perch sandwich at many ohio resturaunts are actually eating white perch.
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Unrelated but this thread reminded me of Patagonian toothfish.
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I dare not point any fingers....however, if the menu says "Perch"....ask them if they mean "Yellow Perch"
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I have never tried white perch but I have been told that they taste totally different than yellow perch. The opinion is that the white perch have a very "fishy" taste. I don't know if there is something special you have to do when you fillet them that changes the taste. If someone knows that you have to fillet them different please share your knowledge.

I don't know why but when I think of white perch I think of it as a trash fish and I don't eat trash fish. I seen Lake Erie white perch on sale at The Andersons store for $8.99/LB. The fillets didn't even look appetizing to me but obviously people are eating them.

I am going to keep one and fillet it and remove the skin so you can't tell it's a white perch. I will serve it to my wife along with yellow perch and see if she can tell the difference. It would be great if people started eating a lot of white perch to get them out of the lake.
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White Perch in many parts of the country are way more highly sought after then Yellow Perch. I guess n those parts the yellow perch get very wormy and nobody wants to keep them. I have tried them and would not bat an eye at keeping some for dinner, as others have said, fried they are pretty close to yellows.

I find you get less return on the meat from White Bass and White Perch since they are related and have a similar bone structure. I have a lot of customers who keep White Bass when we catch them because they like them and not the White Perch, and quite honestly I thing White Perch taste much better then the Bass.

Only way we are going to put a dent in the population is for people to start keeping and eating some of these "Trash Fish", I always try to educate anybody I take out and encourage them to keep a few to try. Only thing I don't encourage keeping is Sheephead, I still have not figured out a way to make those taste any good.

Easy to tell apart once you have caught enough of them though, but I could see someone getting confused.
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I have eaten sheepshead (freshwater drum) on a few occasions and found it very good. We fillet the thicker Back portion of the drum. No belly meat, it is strong tasting. Take the meat above the lateral line and cut it into cubes. Place the cubes in boiling seasoned water. I use those crab shrimp boil seasoning bags. Boil them until they just start to sink in the pot. Remove them and put on ice right away. Once they are chilled dip in cocktail sauce and enjoy. Don't use large drum, I use the medium sized drum 3 to 4 pounds. We had an older gentleman in the park that would make a cheese and drum chowder and it was great but I never got the recipe. My grandfather and his fishing buddies would fish for white bass all the time. They would fillet them as they caught them and put the filets right on ice.
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I wonder how sheepshead would be if smoked? I have had smoked carp and it is pretty good.
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I have eaten sheepshead (freshwater drum) on a few occasions and found it very good. We fillet the thicker Back portion of the drum. No belly meat, it is strong tasting. Take the meat above the lateral line and cut it into cubes. Place the cubes in boiling seasoned water. I use those crab shrimp boil seasoning bags. Boil them until they just start to sink in the pot. Remove them and put on ice right away. Once they are chilled dip in cocktail sauce and enjoy. Don't use large drum, I use the medium sized drum 3 to 4 pounds. We had an older gentleman in the park that would make a cheese and drum chowder and it was great but I never got the recipe. My grandfather and his fishing buddies would fish for white bass all the time. They would fillet them as they caught them and put the filets right on ice.
I tried this once and you are right it wasn't to bad but it wasn't good enough to ever do it again.
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Karyn picked up some white perch, having never bought before, thinking it would be good for tacos. I told her to spend money on fish, there are better options available for the same or not much more in price. I grilled it up anyway. She tried a nibble and opted for a salad. It was fairly fishy smelling off the grill, unlike most fish I grill, but I made myself the tacos anyway. Texture and flavor wasn't far from Bluegill, but a bit stronger. The dog got the leftovers. There are a lot of restaurants up here that sell perch. You know its yellow perch, most not much bigger than smelt. Sometimes you can see the dark lines on the skin through the thin batter.
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I wonder how sheepshead would be if smoked? I have had smoked carp and it is pretty good.
A friend of my dad's used to smoke it and it was pretty good. He has since passed so I couldn't tell ya his recipe.
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I always had a hard time keeping them lit.
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I always had a hard time keeping them lit.
You need to dry them out more.
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White perch are very common here in the Carolinas and are every bit as good as yellow perch.

White bass are trash fish, but the FIBs seem to like 'em.
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